New voting chairman EU parliament

New voting chairman EU parliament

World January 17, 2017 11:09

strasbourg - The European Parliament Tuesday vote a second time on a new president. In the first round of voting Tuesday in Strasbourg took none of the six candidates for the EU perch the necessary absolute majority.

To 13. 00 parliamentarians must return to work, says the outgoing president Martin Schulz. He announced that 718 of the 751 deputies cast their votes, of which 35 were declared invalid.

Favorite for Schulz 'succession seems the Christian Democrat Antonio Tajani. He took 274 votes. His main rival, the Socialist Gianni Pittella, was stabbing at 183. Number three Helga Stevens was the Conservatives and Reformists with 77 votes.

None of the candidates withdrew after the first round back, as the Liberal candidate Guy Verstofstdat before the start of the election Tuesday morning already did. If it is removed again no absolute majority in the second round, there will be a third round later Tuesday.

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